O’Donnell Credits Palin in Victory Speech

Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 11:13 PM

By David A. Patten

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Newly minted GOP Senate nominee from Delaware Christine O’Donnell singled out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for special thanks during her victory speech Tuesday evening.

“You betcha!” an ebullient O’Donnell told cheering supporters, using a Palin catch phrase. “There’s another woman I’ve gotta thank, you betcha!

When the cheering crowd subsided, O’Donnell continued: “Thank you governor Palin for your endorsement. Because she got behind us war-weary folks, and gave us a boost of encouragement when we needed it.

“And she was a vote against the politics of personal destruction,” O’Donnell told the enthusiastic throng.

On Sept. 9 a Palin post on her Facebook page drew national attention to O'Donnell's campaign, stating: "A wave of positive change can really sweep across our land with the election of constitutional conservatives who promise to use common sense, and rein in the federal government spending. Please support Christine O'Donnell of Delaware."

O'Donnell expressed the hope that the general election would involve fewer personal attacks.

“So as we go forward I’d like to make this election about the issues," she said, "How we’re going to get jobs back in Delaware, how we’re going to protect the security of our homeland, how we’re going to take care of our veterans, how we’re going to make sure that future generations are not saddled with a crippling debt. So I’m hoping that that can be the focus of the general election.”

In addition to Palin's endorsement, the O’Donnell campaign received a major boost in recent weeks from the Tea Party Express organization, which sank over $250,000 into the race.


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